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There were three films that I saw as a child that really fostered my love of horror and special effects. Two of them, Jaws and John Carpenter’s Halloween, had a pretty profound effect on every gore geek born in the era. Oddly enough, the third one wasn’t really known for being a horror movie, yet it had some images that stuck with 12-year-old Mike even into adulthood. That film was Raiders of the Lost Ark. The climactic scene of Indiana Jones’ first adventure features the villains opening the Ark of the Covenant and getting their comeuppance in spectacularly brutal fashion. No one forgets Toht’s face melting off his skull, for example. An entire generation of kids were traumatized and amazed by that sequence alone. However, as it turns out, Spielberg...

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- Mike Bracken

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